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Issue 92 | January 19, 2017

A quick and easy update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news. Can't read this newsletter? View it online here.

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Almost a third of trafficking victims are children: UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016. Photo: UNODC Almost a third of trafficking victims are children: UNODC report

Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to a report released today by UNODC. Additionally, the report states that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, and highlights the recruitment or abduction of children by armed groups for forced marriages, sexual slavery or as combatants.[Read more]

 

 

First UN manual to address violent extremism in prisons launched by UNODC. Photo: UNODC

First UN manual to address violent extremism in prisons launched by UNODC

UNODC just launched a new Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in Prisons. Of particular usefulness to prison staff and policy-makers worldwide, the manual constitutes the very first United Nations technical guidance tool to address radicalization to violence and violent extremism in prison settings. [Read more]

 

 

Vulnerability of women in prison focus of innovative art project in Bolivia. Photo: UNODC Vulnerability of women in prison focus of innovative art project in Bolivia

In recent weeks, UNODC's office in Bolivia, together with the World Bank Group's representative in the country, unveiled the multimedia art project entitled "Obrajes", aimed at raising awareness, from a global standpoint, about the vulnerabilities faced by women in prison settings, and to promote comprehensive criminal justice policies aligned with international standards. [Read more]

 

 

UNODC & international partners support Nigeria on human rights compliant prosecution, prevention of terrorist acts. Photo: UNODCUNODC & international partners support Nigeria on human rights compliant prosecution, prevention of terrorist acts

Nigeria is taking an important step in its fight against terrorism by working to further strengthen its strategy to prosecute, reintegrate, and rehabilitate former members of Boko Haram in compliance with international laws and standards. In this context, technical and high level consultations were held in Abuja from 13 to 15 December, on 'Considering Approaches to Prosecuting, Reintegrating and Rehabilitating Former Members of Boko Haram'. [Read more]

 

Protecting children recruited and exploited by terrorist and violent extremist groups from violence. Photo: UNODC Protecting children recruited and exploited by terrorist and violent extremist groups from violence

Experts gathered in Vienna to discuss how countries can treat children who have been recruited and exploited by terrorist and violent extremist groups. The Expert Group Meeting covered issues such as preventing the involvement of children with terrorist and violent extremist groups, the suitable justice responses to this phenomenon, and how to promote the effective release and social reintegration of those children. [Read more]

 

Photo: UNODC Using the power of sports to prevent youth crime and drug use

Recently UNODC and the Government of the Federal District of Brasilia signed a new joint agreement which looks to use sports as a tool to prevent crime and drug use among youth. The initiative, which forms part of UNODC's Global Programme on the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, provides life skills training programme to build resilience of at risk youth and reduce anti-social behaviour. [Read more]

 

International Anti-Corruption Day: recognizing excellence in combatting corruption. Image: UNODC International Anti-Corruption Day: recognizing excellence in combatting corruption

Marking International Anti-Corruption Day, the inaugural Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award was presented recently to recognize significant global efforts to combat corruption. At a ceremony attended by the Emir of the State of Qatar, the Secretary-General, and the UNODC Executive Director, awards were presented in four categories: innovation, research, youth creativity and lifetime achievement. [Read more] 

 

On this International Day, the world is #UnitedAgainstCorruption. Image: UNODC On this International Day, the world is #UnitedAgainstCorruption

9 Dcember was International Anti-Corruption Day, with UNODC and the United Nations Development Programme calling for people across the globe to join a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about corruption and encouraging people to stand 'United against corruption, for development, peace and security'. [Read more] 

 

 

Longstanding partnership helps confront threat to security, development and health. Photo: UNODC Longstanding partnership helps confront threat to security, development and health

Regional cooperation is essential to address the challenges of drugs and transnational organized crime, UNODC Chief Yury Fedotov said at recent event in Domodedovo, near Moscow.  In his remarks, Mr. Fedotov said: "It is an honour to be here to celebrate this long-standing cooperation between UNODC, the Russian Federation, Japan and Afghanistan, which is helping to confront a major threat to security, development and health." [Read more] 

 

UNODC and WFF agree to measure the extent of trafficking in persons. Image: UNODC UNODC and WFF agree to measure the extent of trafficking in persons

Recently was the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. To effectively address this very contemporary crime while marking the Day, UNODC and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) announced the signing of an agreement that will enable both organizations to work together to estimate the number of victims of human trafficking.[Read more]

 

 

Kenya: 'Hands up' to tackle HIV/AIDS. Image: UNODC

Kenya: 'Hands up' to tackle HIV/AIDS

Scaling-up comprehensive, evidence and rights-based HIV programming for people who use and inject drugs is an integral part of the commitments to action agreed at the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session  on the World Drug Problem and the High-Level Meeting on ending AIDS by 2030 . [Read more]  

 

 

 

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